Three in a row for the Magpies


More debate raged about Southport’s supremacy as the club went undefeated for the first seven rounds. One loss by one point in 1976 in over 50 games had everyone asking whether the Magpies could ever be defeated. The season started with a convincing practice match win over Mt Gravatt at the Gabba in a curtain raiser to a Richmond v North Melbourne exhibition game. Round 8 and 14 losses to Coolangatta and Broadbeach were minor hiccups as the Magpies continued to tower over the competition. Alarm bells began to sound however, when in round 18 losses in all three grades to Coolangatta and a serious injury to Zane Taylor put some question marks on the Magpie’s grip on the premiership. The reserve grade loss marked the end of a wonderful 50 games plus undefeated run. The Magpie’s regrouped to convincingly win the Second Semi and Grand Final. Darryl Bakes dominated in the final game kicking nine goals and marking everything that came his way.


Clark kicks 100 from a Half Forward Flank


Heading the new signings for 1977 was Ken Clark, a former Tasmanian and Prahan (VFA) Half Forward Flanker. Clark proved to be a revelation for Gold Coast football after Southport snatched him from the grasps of QAFL club Coorparoo. His speed, athleticism and goal sense saw him achieve a feat that is rarely achieved by a small forward. He notched his 100 with a seven-goal effort in the Preliminary Final and followed up with a further five goals in the premiership decider.